November Favourites 2017

Usually November is the time of waiting around for Christmas, but I’ve had a lovely little month, so here’s what I’ve been using, doing and enjoying…

Quickly before that, I don’t think I ever said THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH for 800 followers. I’m super grateful and didn’t imagine my blog would reach that milestone. Wouldn’t it be crazy to reach 1,000 before my 3 year blogiversary?! Anyways back into the post.

IMG_4302I can’t say my bank account thought November was a ‘lovely, little month’. I may have had a little splurge on clothes (twice). However, it’s all good, it just means I’m set for clothes for a long while and I can post a clothes haul next week. In all seriousness, I FLIPPIN’ LOVE my recent purchases and they’re all now my wardrobe favourites.

Jack Dean ‘JaackMaate’.

He’s a youtuber I’ve been subscribed to for a while now (well before his video on Zoella’s Advent Calendar) and I’ve always had a huge amount of respect for him. Mainly because he just seems to speak truthfully which some would say is a rarity in that industry. I also really like his sense of humour so if you’re not already, go and subscribe here.

I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

I’d like to think if you’re from the U.K, you also watch this programme or at least know of it. I’ve watched it every year, a slither of proof for my love of this show is that I mentioned it in my favourite posts for the last two years.

November 2015

November 2016

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I don’t think this counts as a ‘November’ Favourites because I took this little getaway on the 2nd of December. However, I knew I needed to include this here because I LOVED the weekend, spending time with my Mum, Christmas shopping and walking around the beautiful, historic city of Durham.

Taylor Swift ‘Reputation’.

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that I have been loving Taylor Swifts new album. I pretty much like ALL of the songs and there’s not any I dislike. I love the shade in ‘This is why we can’t have nice things’ and Ed Sheeran’s feature in ‘End Game’. I just can’t pick a favourite, the whole album is constantly on repeat.

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To conclude this favourites post, I’m adding probably a couple random things. First, are earrings. It takes a lot for me to change my ‘go to’ earrings, the ones I wear every day. But I’ve finally changed it up and I’m really loving them because they’re hoops (small ones) and for so long I’ve just been stuck in a rut of wearing studs.

The last favourite from the month is green tea. A bit weird, I know. However, I’m enjoying it a lot recently and I figure its healthier than hot chocolate. I’m also really liking this particular brand, ‘Twining’s’, I’m not too sure what it is but I’ll definitely be picking it up again. (Definitely feel like an old lady after this favourite).

What were some of your November Favourites?

Love, Sophie

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October Favourites 2017- I PASSED MY DRIVING TEST?!

So I feel like life is just one big blur at the minute and I can hardly believe its now November. NOVEMBER. Anyways, as always I can’t not do a monthly favourites. Were also just going to ignore the fact that this post is a day late, (like it was last week, well done Sophie) but this first favourite should explain things…

IMG_4165Sooo I was kind of eager with this one, clearly because I included it in the title of the post. But yesterday, I passed my driving test!! It’s been a long time coming as I had to change instructors and then had to wait months for my test. Anyways, its over, I’m so happy I passed first time and I was so excited to share the news with friends and family who have known how long I’ve wanted this.

IMG_4156I’m going to try and do a short and to the point favourites, so we’ll see how this goes…

Cetaphil Cleanser– for some reason I have oily (ish) skin now and have found this to really help. I like the scent and its not too drying, it does the job.

Carmex Lip Balm– You know its getting colder when you’ve got to whack out the lip balm. Although you should probably be using it all year round. Anyways, I purchased this last month because I wanted something I knew would work and this definitely does.

Jimmy Choo Perfume– I’ve fallen back in love with this perfume. I’m sure its been in one of my favourites before but I’m back to being obsessed with the scent, which is probably a good thing when it comes to a perfume.

L’Oréal Day Cream– I love how moisturising this is. Basically all I have to say, I definitely recommend.

IMG_4155During October I have been loving this book ‘the girl you left behind’ by Jojo Moyes. I’m about 3/4 through it and I love that it features both modern day and WW1 era. Fingers crossed the ending doesn’t disappoint and I’ll be sure to write a much better review in a book post soon.

I never thought ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ would be my cup of tea. However, I’ve found myself watching it every Saturday night and I just don’t know what it is that’s got me so interested in the show this year.

When it comes to music I’ve been enjoying…

  • Lorde – Perfect Places
  • Marshmello ft. Khalid – Silence
  • Taylor Swift – Gorgeous

I am SO excited for Reputation. I’m also really in love with ‘Call it what you want’ by Taylor Swift, really there’s not a song she could release that I wouldn’t love.

Love, Sophie

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September Favourites 2017

Can anyone actually believe we’re now into Autumn? I certainly cannot. But I’m very excited for the colder months. I haven’t been loving much this month, probably because of the rush of going back to college. However, I can’t not do a favourites post…

Starting off with a tv favourite, I have been LOVING Victoria its on ITV every Sunday at 9pm. I am obsessed and you can bet I’m sat there waiting for it to start ever week. Just to prove what a true fan I am, I actually put it in my favourites after its first series (October Favourites 2016). Can you imagine my excitement to see it back on screens after a year?!

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I rarely have educational (ish) favourites but this month I have two. One being this whiteboard I bought from Tesco for £4! I use it to be able to see my timetable at college and I can clearly see when I have free time to do extra revision.

Another favourite of mine has been the ‘chegg’ flashcard app. I’ve already started revising for psychology and I’ve found this to be perfect. I like that I can make many categories and you can colour coordinate decks. So if you’re on the lookout for a good flashcard app, I’d recommend that one.

IMG_3937A couple weeks ago I purchases this Botanics All Bright Hydrating Night Cream, its the first product I’ve tried from this brand but I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised. I can tell it will last me a while because I’ve found I only need to apply the tiniest bit for my skin to feel moisturised. I also really love the scent which is just an added bonus.

Okay, so I know its only September but it is technically autumn now, which means I’ve whacked out the candles. Andd I couldn’t not they were only a pound!! So I stocked up on a couple (I’m sure a couple more soon). One of my favourites has been this Lavender  scented one, this is still priced at a £1! Because of price I wondered if the quality would suffer but I can smell this candle when I’m laid in bed (and its obviously not lit because that would be dangerous).

My music favourites have been:

  • Cross My Mind – Arizona
  • Dusk Till Dawn – ZAYN, Sia
  • Don’t let me be yours- Zara Larsson

 

“What have been your September Favourites?”

Love, Sophie

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August Favourites 2017

August is usually one of my favourite months, so I’m kind of disappointed its nearly over. But I’ll just get straight into showing you what I’ve been loving…

 

Zoella

I’m sure you’ve all heard of Zoella, and if you haven’t, then I’m slightly confused. Anyways, I’ve been loving all the long vlogs she’s been uploading to her MoreZoella channel. I just find them really cosy to watch (hopefully that makes sense).

IMG_3755I’m not sure of my thought process when I decided to photograph an Ibiza fridge magnet and a bracelet (that I did get from Ibiza) together???? However, my favourite is obviously the bracelet and I’ve been loving wearing it. I’m the type of person who doesn’t wear much jewellery (apart from earrings.) So when I found myself reaching to put this on whenever I leave the house, I was impressed.

IMG_3753Let’s get the weird favourite out of the way now shall we? Fruit. That’s what I’ve been loving this month. Its become my ‘snack of the day’ and I guess its slightly healthier than chocolate.

Music.

It would have been hard to reduce this to just one song so I’ve just titled the favourite ‘Music’ instead. For example, after coming home from Ibiza I’ve been loving listening to Spanish music, a favourite being Felices los 4 by Maluma. Although, I’ve also been loving James Blunt, MKTO, James TW and of course the Queen that is TAYLOR SWIFT. I realise ‘Look what you made me do’ was only released less than a week ago, but I’ve been listening to it ON REPREAT.

IMG_3754My go-to perfume for the past few weeks has been the Issey Miyake L’eau D’Issey Pure. It’s a good scent for during the day. Also realised I’m not good at describing smells so lets move on.

Another favourite of mine is this YSL Rouge Volupte Shine lipstick and its in the shade 15 ‘Corail Intuitive’. Its been my lipstick of choice most days. This is my first YSL product (and I’m sure, not the last) and I love the packaging. I think this has been perfect for the Summer.

This month I was fortunate to spend time away both abroad and in the U.K. I’ve been super grateful to have these experiences (I blogged one of them here) and I couldn’t not mention it in a post.

What have been your favourites this month?

Love, Sophie

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Mid July Favourites 2017

Considering we’re only half way through the month, I’ve got quite a few favourites to share…


Bourjois Bronzing Powder

I was pleasantly surprised with this product, it’s so easy to blend. And I know I’m not looking like an orange when I leave the house, well I hope not. 

Lydia Elise Millen

Lydia has been my favourite YouTuber for a couple of months now. I just find her videos addictive, she just comes across so genuine in every one. If you’re not already subscribed, I would do so now because she’s so beautiful inside and out. I also adore her bag collection.


Newcastle

I didn’t realise how many galleries you can visit free of charge. But when I was on a college trip, we visited the Baltic, the Laing Museum and the Side Gallery, all situated around Newcastle. I loved spending time in one of my favourite cities and having my eyes opened to all the beautiful art that’s around.

Thunder- Imagine Dragons

I have been LOVING this song, it’s so catchy and I’ve definitely had it on repeat. 


Bourjois Lip Liner & Ted Baker Lipstick 

I’ve never really thought to use a lip liner, although recently I’ve loved the results. I pair it with this Ted Baker lipstick and it just radiates Summer vibes. 

Benefit- Eye Potent (Tester)

I randomly got a tester size of this Benefit Eye cream when my dad got back from one of his conferences, along with a few other treats. However, this one has been my favourite, it’s so Hydrating under the eyes that I know I’m going to have to purchase the full size when I’m through with this. 

What have you been loving so far this month?

Love, Sophie

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June Favourites 2017

I’m not too sure how to start this post. Mainly because I can’t quite believe June is over? Seriously, was it a good month, a bad one? I don’t know, it doesn’t feel like it’s been and gone. Anyways here’s what I’ve been loving recently..


Calendars 

Last month, a favourite of mine was the Calendar app. But I feel like I’ve upgraded in the world and I went out and bought this one from Tesco. I also like having it by my bed because it means it’s so easy to add things, look at what’s coming up and it matches the flowers- the latter being the most important thing, obviously. 

Music

I’ve been loving a lot of Music recently. Mainly the Chainsmokers album ‘Memories’. I seem to have that on repeat. There’s not one song I dislike but one of my favourites would be ‘Young’. 

I also really like ‘Ok’ by Robin Schulz, featuring James Blunt. I feel like James Blunt has made a comeback this year and I’m very grateful about that. 


Chewing Gum 

Is this a really weird favourite? I’ve just been loving it at the minute. I have no idea why, but I’m finding myself reaching for one more often than usual. I guess it’s not a bad thing, it’s sugar free and at least my breath is fresh. 

Love Island 

Does anyone else watch this? Can someone please have a discussion about it with me in the comments? I’m obsessed. I loved it last year and I’m enjoying it just the same this time round. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you’re kind of missing out. 


Bourjois Mascara 

When I first tried this I was convinced I was going to have to go out and purchase something else. It just clumped my lashes together and I really didn’t see it working out for me. However, I think I’ve got a good technique with it now and it separates my lashes better than my last mascara did. 

Do you have any favourites at the minute?

See you soon. 

Love, Sophie

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May Favourites 2017

May was a blur. It feels like it happened ages ago but at the same time I can’t believe we’re in June. Anyways, here’s what I’ve been loving this month. Admittedly, it’s not a lot…

My first favourite is the Garnier Essentials Hydrating Day Cream. I was getting stuck in a bit of a rut with moisturisers as none of them were working out for me. However, I picked this up in a desperate hope and amazingly it’s done the job without irritating my skin anymore. 

Finding Carter- This series is a couple of years old now but I’ve only just discovered it. It’s about a girl who was abducted when she was younger and when she returns to her family it doesn’t run as smoothly as it should. If you have watched it, comment so we can talk about it, I’ve nearly finished both series. 

I included this top in my What I Wear In A Week – College Edition post. It’s honestly so comfortable that I know I’m going to have to get some more that are similar. If anyone has any recommendations, it would be much appreciated. I’m really into the tops that have wording on them for some reason??

Despacito- Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber. 

I don’t tend to like any song Justin Bieber is associated with. However, this song has such summer vibes to it, I’m loving it. 

This Tresemme Hairspray has been a life saver for me. Particularly when I’m at work I prefer to put my hair in a high bun but if I do that all my baby hairs eventually stick up and I just end up looking like more of a mess. This hairspray definitely does the job. 

Calendar App- Recently, I’ve been trying to organise my life. With starting work and driving lessons I needed something to be able to look at to know what I was doing Day to day. So whilst in my head my life’s a mess on the calendar app, it’s clear and structured. 

What are some of your favourites this month? 

See you soon,

Love, Sophie

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April Favourites 2017

This month has well and truly been a blur. I don’t know how I’ve managed to have a favourite of anything. But somehow I do, so here’s what I’ve been loving this month…

1. Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

For some reason, I have been ADDICTED to KUWTK. I’m not just watching the weekly episodes, I’m now watching old episodes whenever they’re on tv. Which is quite a lot thanks to E! Not going to lie I’ve had KUWTK on in the background pretty much all day. 

2. Boots Eye Gel


Last month, I realised my under eyes were starting to look really dry and it was so noticeable when I had foundation on. But since I’ve never bought a eye gel/cream, I didn’t know where to start. However, I found the Boots Eye gel and it’s super cheap.

It’s not only hydrating but it’s so soothing, which helps when I can barely open my eyes on a morning.

3. Dry Shampoo


I have a love/hate relationship with dry shampoo. Although since having late nights at work, this Batiste Dry Shampoo has been an essential for me. It just gives my hair the boost it needs. 

4. James Blunt- Bartender 

I watched James Blunts performance on All Round To Mrs Browns and I knew this song ‘Bartender’ was going to become my favourite. I’ve listened to the rest of his album and whilst I like his other songs I still love Bartender the best.

5. Shoes 


So you can’t really see them but the shoes I was wearing in this picture have become my OBSESSION. I bought them last year but they gave me the worst blisters. Therefore, I forgot about them until I decided to try and wear them in a bit recently. Anyways, I’m literally wearing them everywhere. It also helps that they go with basically every outfit. 

6. Boots Anti Blister Stick

The reason I think my shoes have worked so well for me this time is because of this Anti Blister Stick. I’m sure this was is one of my monthly favourites last year and it just had to make a reappearance. 

7. Choker 

My Mum kindly bought me this choker from Dorothy Perkins as just a small Easter present. It goes with any outfit so I’ve been wearing this A LOT!
8. Design 

So this is probably not looking great to any of you but to me this is hours of work. I wouldn’t say it’s a favourite of mine because I think it looks good (I don’t think it does). This is a favourite of mine because I know how much effort and planning went into this. 
That’s all of my favourites this month. I’m well and truly drained for no apparent reason. I’m gonna go back to one post a week just because I now work on a Wednesday when I would usually post. Anyways see you soon.

Love, Sophie 

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March Favourites 2017

I’m kind of ashamed that this monthly favourites is going to consist of A LOT of tv programmes. I’m not sure how I’ve had the time to watch everything (especially since I decided not to include some others I’ve been watching). Anyways, I did manage to realise some other favourites that I’ll get onto now.

1. J House Vlogs

This is YouTube, it doesn’t count as tv ok? So I’ve been really loving the YouTube channel ‘J House Vlogs’ they’re an American family that vlog (obviously Sophie..) Honestly, I’ve just fallen in love with their videos. I’m just ever so slightly obsessed. They have such a beautiful family.

2. Makeup Bits (all 2 of them)

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This month I’ve been loving the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. Everyone has seemingly raved about this for so long, so I knew I needed to purchase it. So glad I did because it gives great coverage and matches my skin tone well.

Another beauty related favourite is this Beauty Blender by Real Techniques. Again, ok I was a little late in getting this but I’m grateful I did, as its now a necessity in my makeup bag. Although, I do feel bad for the brushes I’ve replaced this with.

3. Ed Sheeran’s Divide Album

Every song I’m just in love with. There’s not really anything else to say. However, have to mention Galway girl, Perfect and Nancy Mulligan are just a few of my favourites.

4. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter FormulaIMG_2274With the nice couple of days the UK has had, I’d like to think I’m not as pale as I was a week ago. Anyways, on a night I’ve been using this partly because the smell reminds me of Summer and partly because if I have managed to go less white then I’d like to hold onto it.

5. Ant & Dec Saturday Night Takeaway.

I’m so happy when these two are back on tv. I remember watching this when I was much younger and loving it just as much then as I do now. I’m sure if you live in the U.K you at least know of this show.

6. Jack Wills Hand Lotion

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This month I’ve been trying to take care of myself more. And by that all I mean is maybe drink a little more water and moisturise. One thing I’ve found easy to do is use this Hand Lotion. Whether I’m going to bed or just about to leave for College this is so easy to lather on. I also really love the scent of the product.

7. Broadchurch

I remember this time last year the likes of Zoella, speaking non stop of Broadchurch. But to be honest I never gave it a second thought. However, when it was advertised to start this year I thought I’d see what the fuss was about. Its not usually the type of drama I’m interested in, although I love it, its so gripping and I just need to know who did it. If you want to watch it you can on the ITV hub.

8. Jimmy Choo

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I received this beautifully delicate perfume for my birthday and I’ve been wearing it pretty much every other day. I’d use it everyday but I never want it to run out…wishful thinking, I know. Anyways, its the perfect everyday scent, even my Mum loves it.

9. Money for Nothing.

My Mum actually introduced me to this programme because she watches it in the gym (ugh fitness). Basically its about a Woman who goes through rubbish and then redecorates things; some she does herself; others she gives to upholsterers for example.  I find it fascinating and always find myself discussing it with my Mum telling her how I’d do it differently. At the end, the woman sells the item and gives the money to the owner who was dropping it off at the tip. If you want to watch it (its probably more interesting than I’ve just made it seem) you can on the BBC iPlayer. I watched the 2 seasons available in about 4 days.

10. The Weather

IMG_2278Lets be honest, this sun has probably gone to my head. The Sun has only made an appearance the past 3 days and already I’m putting it in my favourites. Anyways, I’ve very much enjoyed having the warm-ish weather to enjoy, especially since it probably isn’t going to last.

Hope you enjoyed this blog post. Happy Mothers Day to all you lovely Mums out there. Let me know what some of your favourites have been. See you soon.

Love, Sophie

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February Favourites 2017

Why does February have to be over already?! If you ask me 2016 went far too quickly and it looks like 2017 is doing exactly the same. Anyways, instead of me complaining here’s what I’ve been loving this month.

img_1980Sleek Precious Metals Highlighting Palette

Honestly, I have never been more in love with a highlighter. Its probably my favourite product in my makeup drawer at the minute. I love the creamy consistency and the fact that it’s just like pure glitter on your cheekbones. My friends have been complimenting me on it, which is when you know you’ve got yourself a good product. Anyways, I’d 100% recommend and look out for a makeup post that will show you the results of using this.

img_1978Jack Wills English Velvet Body Spray

My best friend from Psychology class got me this for my Birthday (along with other presents that I’m very grateful for). Its such a fresh scent and I’ve been loving using this everyday.

Ciao Adios- Anne Marie

This has been my favourite song this month. If you haven’t listened to it already, you should check it out because its a really catchy song. And I know that in March Favourites post it will include a long list of songs mainly because of the Brit Awards and all the songs that came out of that, that I’ve now been listening to on repeat.

img_1894Light Pink Oversized Trench Coat

I only bought this coat a couple of weeks ago, but I can’t seem to not wear it when I leave the house (unless I’m walking my dog, that’d be a bit risky to do). Other than that, it seems to make any outfit 10x better. Today, I was wearing basic top and jeans, I put on that coat and it made it seem as if I’d put more effort into my appearance than I actually had.

Side note: I did actually do a blog post including this coat so if you haven’t already checked that out, you could do so here.

Catfish

I have always watched Catfish, its just SO addictive. But I don’t know whether its because It’s been on tv more or whether its because I’ve got my Mum addicted to it also that I just can’t stop having it playing. Anyways, if you are yet to watch this please do and if you know of the programme please comment down below so we can talk about it together!

img_1979Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser

My skin has been acting up recently and because I haven’t wanted to aggravate it I’ve turned to this Simple product. Personally, for years I’ve always had a simple somewhere in my skincare but this month I’ve loved having this to turn to.

img_1976Earrings are the one piece of jewellery I will wear everyday. Even though that’s the case, I never seem to change which earrings I wear, I just get stuck in a rut. So recently, I’ve been wearing these consistently (I have two piercings in each ear ). These are the Heart Stud Earrings and the top pearly ones, I just don’t have a clue where they came from. Anyone else have something that you can’t remember when you bought it or where but you obviously did, otherwise how do you own it? Just me then…

img_1977With Spring around the corner, I decided to brighten up the lip products I was using. These are the Dior Addict Ultra Lip Gloss and the Clinique Pop Lip Lipstick in the shade Beige Pop. I love these two products together and it leaves my lips moisturised throughout the day.

Hope you enjoyed this blog post. I love writing and reading monthly favourites. Let me know in the comments some of your favourites, I am a bit early with my post. But if you’re the same feel free to comment a link to your favourites post and I’d be happy to read them.

Love, Sophie

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